Revealed in September, a sporting new facelift for the Civic Hatch has launched in Australia this week, sharing a number of styling tricks with its R-badged brother.
Key among those similarities is new LED-rich lights at both ends, with the headlights featuring a significantly sharper and more angular look.
A new mesh grille is also shared by both, as is a new front bumper with gaping foglight housings, although the Type R benefits from a number of aggressive bolt-on aero tricks at every corner.
Looking to the updated Civic Hatch will be an entirely aesthetic decision, however, with power again supplied by a 104kW/174Nm 1.8 litre petrol engine – a far cry from the new Type R’s 228kW and 400Nm 2.0 litre turbo heart.
A diesel model has also been offered in the 2014 Civic Hatch range, its 1.6 litre engine offering 88kW and 300Nm, although Honda has made no mention of that model with today’s announcement.
TMR has contacted Honda for word on the diesel model’s status but confirmation is yet to come.
Aside from its new looks, the 2015 Civic Hatch also picks up Honda’s new Agile Handling Assist System (AHAS), which works together with the Vehicle Stability Assist (Honda’s version of ESC) to improve cornering stability.
All models now feature Honda’s Display Audio System, which brings promises enhanced Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming.
The reversing camera’s image also shows on the new system’s display, while the VTi-LN adds navigation to that feature set.
VTi-L and VTi-LN models feature front and rear parking sensors, along with a new passenger side dash garnish.
VTi-S and VTi-L models feature a ‘sporty’ fabric seat trim, while VTi-LN gets leather.
Across the Civic range, including hatch and sedan, year-to-date sales for 2015 sit at 1229 (end of March data; end of April figures still to come), compared to 2385 for the same period in 2014.
The Civic range’s 48.5 percent drop puts the brand in an unenviable position, beaten so far this year by just about all of the traditional volume sellers.
Leading the ‘small car’ segment in 2015 is the Toyota Corolla (11,672 by the end of March), followed closely by the Mazda3 (11,059).
The Hyundai i30 and Elantra hatch/sedan pair follow (6316/1983), while the Volkswagen Golf (5357) and Holden Cruze (4205) round out the leaders.
Languishing further down in the pack are the Ford Focus (2615, down from 4789 at the end of March 2014), Kia Cerato (2380, up from 1751), the Nissan Pulsar (2126, down from 2601) and the Mitsubishi Lancer (2065).
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- VTi-S manual – $22,150 (up from $21,650)
- VTi-S auto – $24,450 (up from $23.950)
- VTi-L auto – $26,990 (up from $26,490)
- VTi-LN auto – $31,090 (up from $30,590)
- DTi-S diesel – 2015 status unspecified (2014 – $27,990)